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If you have a dog with itchy paws, you’re probably familiar with this routine:
Lick, lick, lick, bite, bite, bite faster, lick lick lick lick, repeat
Itchy paws can be maddening for your dog and you. Your dog just wants relief; you just want your best friend to feel better.
There are several reasons why your dog may be afflicted with this condition. Food allergies are a big culprit here. Food proteins, grass, pollen, and even just genetic allergies can make your dog itch everywhere, but the paws are often the most afflicted.
Hygiene is also important. Your dog’s paws get dirty. Moisture gets stuck between the paw pads. Yeast builds up and can cause extreme discomfort for your dog.
Fortunately, there are some simple, affordable ways to get relief for your dog – and for you.
Topical Creams and Balms
Burt’s Bees Paw and Nose Lotion. Burt’s Bees has built a reputation for making excellent, reliable products based on natural ingredients – that work very well. This canine-friendly lotion soothe dry, cracked paw pads (and dry noses!) with olive oil and antioxidant rosemary and other natural ingredients.
Paw Nectar. This paw balm is 100% organic and is packed with dog-safe ingredients: coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, aloe, and more. This thick, soothing salve brings instant relief to your dog’s itchy paws.
Coconut or olive oil. We all love remedies that we can do with items we have around the house. Slather some coconut or olive oil onto your best friend’s footsies and let the healing begin!
These remedies are safe, affordable, and effective. But whatever treatment you choose, avoid these ingredients, as they are toxic to dogs:
For maximum effectiveness, cover your dog’s paws with booties after you apply a cream or salve. This will keep your dog from licking it off (Mmm, coconut oil!) and will also prevent the cream from rubbing off.
Booties serve another purpose, too: preventing paw irritation in the first place. Always cover your dog’s paws while walking outdoors in extremely cold or hot temperatures or if his paws are already cracked or irritated. Here are some of our favorites:
<spanstyle=”font-size: 11pt; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;”>Ultra Paws Durable Boots. These booties were designed for heavy-duty wear, so even the most active dogs won’t wear them out anytime soon. They’re easy to put on with a wide split seam, and the velcro closure makes it nearly impossible for them to slip off (or for your pup to bite them off).
Colorfulhouse Waterproof Boots. As water is the biggest culprit for yeast growing between your pet’s paws, these booties are key to keeping them safe and dry. Slip these on when walking in rainy or wet conditions to keep your pup’s paws moisture-free during your daily walks.
Pawz Booties. These basic booties are nearly perfect protection for your dog’s paws. They’re affordable, effective, and comfortable — and disposable. These basic rubber, slip-on booties come in packs of twelve, so when one pair begins to wear out, just slip on a new pair.
Socks! As long as you’re not dealing with extreme conditions, children’s socks can be an effective barrier between your dog’s itchy paws and some of the culprits that cause it. Slip on non-slip children’s socks for small outings in pleasant conditions or for everyday wear around the house if household allergies are an issue. (Tip: Even children’s socks are a tad too big on my little dog’s paws, so I secure them around her leg with a soft elastic hair tie. Not too tight, though! You should be able to slip your finger easily between the elastic and your dog’s leg.)
Dry, cracked, or yeast-infected paws can cause your dog (and you) much anxiety. These simple, accessible remedies and preventions can help keep the itchiness to a minimum. However, always consult your vet before choosing or applying any solution. Yeast buildups especially may require a medicated antifungal salve to bring your dog comfort.
If your pet’s itchy paws require veterinary intervention, PetFirst has you covered. Contact us for a free quote and enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your best friend will get the treatment he needs.
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